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Gloucester Cathedral, The Choir, Looking East

Gloucester Cathedral, The Choir, Looking East

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866


Item number: 9

Length: 10.8

Width: 8.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The great east window which terminates the Choir is the largest in England, and is, owing to the ingenious construction of this part of the Choir, wider than the side walls which contain it. It is filled with what is, in many respects, the finest stained-glass of the period in this country. A peculiar effect is produced by the roof of the Lady Chapel beyond, which rises against the lower part of the window from which it is separated by an ante-chapel; the glass above is, consequently, always in brighter light than that below. The Choir itself is filled with numerous mounuments in memory of departed abbots and benefactors, principal of which may be mentioned that of Edward II., who was buried here after being cruelly murdered at Berkeley castle in 1327...Thereafter, Gloucester became an important place of pilgrimage. Costly offerings were presented so freely that the Choir, as it now exists, is a memorial of the murdered king."

Descriptive Letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery'

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